Grand Haven’s Friday waterfront series boasts the likes of Albert Lee and Kim Richey; Lowell, Sparta & Kentwood will host acts ranging from The Accidentals to The Soul Syndicate. View those schedules & more.
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The way Michelle Hanks of Seven Steps Up and Courtyard Concerts sees it, the summer of 2022 offers an opportunity to regale West Michigan music lovers with uniquely curated, outdoor entertainment as the concert world begins to recover from a suffocating COVID pandemic.
So, the second year of Courtyard Concerts’ Free Friday Night Summer Concerts at Grand Haven’s Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium offers up a sundry mix of international touring artists and regional favorites, starting June 17 with Minneapolis alt-pop band Yam Haus.
“We are looking to create a unique summer concert series with artists that attendees won’t find at other summer concert series, giving them a reason to come to Grand Haven,” said Hanks.
In that vein, the series — which runs through Sept. 2 — boasts legendary names such as singer-songwriters Kim Richey and Willy Porter, and guitarist Albert Lee, along with Michigan-based stars Drew Nelson, Peter “Madcat” Ruth and Kaitlin Rose.
Just as in its inaugural 2021 season, the concerts are free, open to the public and begin at 6:15 p.m. Fridays, with local/regional artists opening the shows.
Hosted by the nonprofit Courtyard Concerts, the concerts are produced by Seven Steps Up, Third Coast Recording Co. and OnCore AV with grant support from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
“We had a good turnout,” Hanks said of the 2021 shows, “but room for more!”
The Grand Haven series is just the tip of the musical iceberg when it comes to free community concerts ramping up across West Michigan for summer 2022:
• Lowell’s crowd-attracting Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts series will return in mid-June and runs Thursday nights through late August on The Riverwalk Plaza with a roster of perennially popular artists, including Mungion, The Accidentals, Luke Winslow-King, Jake Kershaw and The Kari Lynch Band.
• Sparta resumes its “Concerts in Rogers Park” on Wednesdays this summer, starting with The Vinyl Bandits on June 1. Other well-known performers include Valentiger, Serita’s Black Rose, Fast Hands Band, The Accidentals and Roosevelt Diggs.
• Kentwood’s Thursday series taking place behind Kentwood City Hall boasts appearances by The Soul Syndicate, Cabildo, Max Lockwood, The Moxie Strings, Brena and more — starting June 16 and running through Aug. 11.
In addition, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, Bridgman, Grand Ledge, Hastings, Holland, Lakeview, Ludington, Manistee, Parchment, Roscommon, St. Joseph, Silver Lake, Walker and Whitehall also have announced the return of summer concerts. View the full lineups for all of these shows in Local Spins “Free Outdoor Community Concerts 2022” Guide.
GRAND HAVEN: COURTYARD CONCERTS’ FREE FRIDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERTS
When: 6:15 p.m. Fridays
Where: Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium, Grand Haven
LINEUP (Some Opening Acts TBA):
June 17 – Yam Haus
June 24 – Brian Dunne
July 1 – Drew Nelson & Hwy. 2 feat. Peter “Madcat” Ruth
July 8 – The Young Fables, Pete Muller & The Kindred Souls
July 15 – Willy Porter, Kaitlin Rose
July 22 – Kim Richey
Aug. 12 – Brendan James
Aug. 19 – Dan Rodriguez
Aug. 26 – Albert Lee
Sept. 2 – Sarah Peacock
LOWELL: LOWELL SHOWBOAT SIZZLIN’ SUMMER CONCERTS
When: 7 p.m. Thursdays
Where: Riverwalk Plaza, 113 Riverwalk Plaza, Lowell
June 16 – Mungion
June 23 – The Accidentals
June 30 – Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines
July 7 – The Insiders: Tom Petty Tribute Band
July 8 – Sea Cruisers
July 14 – Kaitlin Rose & The Band of Thorns
July 21 – Luke Winslow-King
July 28 – Stone Street Revival
August 4 – Jake Kershaw
August 18 – Kari Lynch Band
August 25 – The Adams Family Band
SPARTA: CONCERTS IN ROGERS PARK
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Where: Rogers Park, 75 N. Union, Sparta
June 1 – The Vinyl Bandits
June 8 – Valentiger
June 15 – Flat River Big Band
June 22 – Jimmy & The Mortals
June 29 – Country Current
July 6 – Serita’s Black Rose
July 13 – The Fast Hands Band
July 20 – The Accidentals wsg Treeskin
July 27 – Roosevelt Diggs
KENTWOOD: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
When: 7 p.m. Thursdays
Where: Behind Kentwood City Hall, 4900 Breton Ave. SE, Kentwood
June 16 – The Max Lockwood Band
June 23 – The Kittens and the Tonics
June 30 – The Soul Syndicate
July 14 – Par-llo Connection
July 21 – Cabildo
July 28 – Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra
August 4 – The Moxie Strings
August 11 – Brena
View more Community Concert Listings online here.
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